Tags: activity monitor | concepts | Creation Center | GPS | IDEO | medication adherence | motion sensors | T-Mobile | T-Mobile USA | television | WellCare |
Winston Wang, Director of Strategic Innovation of the T-Mobile Creation Center, told the standing room only crowd at Stanford University’s Mobile Health 2010 that he joined T-Mobile to bring a “Silicon Valley” mentality to the carrier. Within the carrier’s creation center, which is developed alongside design firm IDEO four years ago, Winston and his team aim to push T-Mobile to develop and offer new services.
Among Wang’s many initiatives at T-Mobile is mobile health.
Wang showed attendees a short “commercial” for a concept service his team developed, called T-Mobile’s WellCare. The video showed a woman in her late 60s or early 70s waking up, taking medication and going for a walk. As she moves from her bedroom to her bathroom, a “nightlight” glows and blinks indicating it recognized movement. After she takes her medication, a younger woman, assumedly her daughter, is shown in another location receiving a text message. As the older lady laces up and goes for a walk, an “activity monitor” message appears on her TV screen in the background, and the younger woman once again gets an alert — assumedly one that tells her that her mother is on-the-move.
“WellCare from T-Mobile let’s you loved ones keep their independence, while keeping you informed,” the “commercial” concluded. Keep reading>>
Tags: BJ Fogg | PatientKeeper | Stanford University | Text4Baby | Voxiva |
This week concludes another trip out to California — this time for the incredibly worth-while Mobile Health 2010 event produced by Stanford University’s Persuasion Lab and hosted by behavior change guru BJ Fogg. The two-day, single-track sessions focused mostly on research findings and practical strategies for leveraging existing mobile technology to bring about behavior change and healthier decisions.
While an executive from T-Mobile USA and Voxiva CEO Paul Meyer each made (separate) newsworthy comments about potential future plans, the real appeal of the event wasn’t news, but rather its overall tone (intelligent, fun, focused) and networking opportunities (lots of new faces). There was little talk about business models, but the intense focus on behavior change strategies stimulated great discussion between the talks.
More coverage to come from the Mobile Health 2010 sessions soon, but in other news:
PatientKeeper Mobile Clinical Results for the iPad launched this past week. The app enables physicians to review and manage an accurate, up-to-date patient list; trend lab results from hospital-based and community laboratories; review microbiology, radiology and pathology test results; review medication lists and see a history of discontinued meds; review a patient’s complete dispensing history (including doses not given); view all clinical notes including admit, progress and discharge notes; review an at-a-glance presentation of temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs as well as input/output measurements; and more. We had a chance to speak with PatientKeeper CEO Paul Brient about the new app — more from that interview tomorrow. Keep reading>>
Tags: Apple iPhone EMR | CareSpeak | Epic Systems | mhealth | mobile health | mobile health hospitals | Voalte |
While it may seem as if a good number of care providers have shepherded mobile health services – piloted them – at their facilities, the truth is very few have officially announced mobile health pilots. During the past year and a half, MobiHealthNews has written about fewer than a dozen care providers that have piloted mobile health apps, devices or services – some have adopted them or launched them, but few have discussed the aid they have provided to this growing industry.
In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, we have compiled this list of nine “mobile health hospitals” that have worked with startups and others in the mobile health industry to hone services, devices and applications not yet in the market.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s also fairly objective: These are the care providers who have announced mobile health pilot programs. (We’re sure there are others who have remained quiet, but if we missed any, be sure to send me a note at email@example.com) Keep reading>>
Tags: iPhone app | MedWaitTime | SMS | text messaging |
MedWaitTime, a new Web and mobile service launched in Chicago last week, aims to help patients determine if their doctor is running late for an appointment. Soon it will include emergency wait room times, too. Dr. Vishal Mehta, an orthopedic surgeon, launched the service with 10 Chicago-area doctors, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Mehta founded Medical Wait Time with two partners. The group has spent more than $200,000 on developing and testing the service and they plan to charge $50 a month per doctor and $300 a month for each hospital department.
Patients can get an update via text message currently, but Mehta is planning an iPhone app launch soon, too.
“Patients will say they ran every yellow light on the way there [to the office], then they sat and waited,” said Dr. Mehta. “Medicine is now a service industry and we have to keep our patients happy.”
Andrew Wilper, a physician at the University of Washington School of Medicine who researches wait times, said that reducing patients wait times via technology is “reasonable’ but doesn’t solve the underlying problems of the resource constrained system.
For more, read the WSJ report here
Tags: Aero | Dell | Google Android OS | Hewlett Packard | Palm | smartphone health apps | smartphone medical apps | Streak tablet PC |
According to Dell’s consumer business chief, Stephen Felice, the world’s third largest PC maker is launching two consumer mobile devices — Aero, a Google Android powered smartphone in the US this summer and a tablet PC called Streak in Europe next month, according to a report over at MSNBC. What’s next? Maybe a mobile device for healthcare workers.
Felice said that Dell plans to differentiate is offerings for the enterprise by offering applications that rival phones and devices cannot offer users. While Felice was short on details, he did note that the apps would include unique features related to GPS and email.
About 70 percent of Dell’s revenue comes from the business market, which is why the company plans to look at developing mobile devices suited specifically for healthcare providers, attorneys, financial professionals and others.
That’s quite the breadth of targeted mobile devices! Dell’s entrance into the mobile device market is certainly a good number of years behind rivals. The news also follows on the heels of Hewlett Packard’s recent acquisition of Palm last month, which is likely to lead to a Palm-driven mobile device initiative from HP for the enterprise.
Here’s more on Dell from MSNBC
Tags: Gartner Research | intelligent medicine | medication adherence | mental illness | Proteus Biomedical | sleep patterns | wireless health | wireless remote monitoring |
Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York is working with Proteus Biomedical to pilot the “intelligent medicine” company’s edible sensor for certain mental illnesses, according to a report from Scientific American.
“We’re interested in determining patients’ sleep patterns,” John Kane, head of schizophrenia research at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. Kane. “For certain mental illnesses, changes in sleep patterns are an early sign that an illness is accelerating.” Proteus is funding the pilot.
Interestingly, the Scientific American article features commentary from a one-time detractor from the wireless health opportunity: Gartner analyst Wes Rishel. Keep reading>>